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Upcoming Professional Learning

Upcoming LDA Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Specific Learning Disorder: Assessment processes and support for learning and wellbeing

Dr Kate Jacobs

Venue: Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne

Date: Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time:  9.00am - 12.30pm

Registration: From 8.15am (Tea/Coffee available on arrival and morning tea provided during the break.

Bookings: Please click here to book online or email the registration form to ldaquery@bigpond.net.au by Friday 14th April, 2017

Cost: $60 LDA members, $75 non LDA members, $50 Full time students

Workshop Summary:

This workshop will outline the specific cognitive strengths and difficulties faced by people with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia.  We weill explore how cognitive difficulties experienced by this group manifest in the area of academic challenges and how parents, teachers, learning support staff and others can best support the learning and overall wellbeing of people who experince learning difficulties.


Dr Kate Jacobs is Director and Principal Educational Psychologist at Raise the Bar Psychology. She completed a combined PhD/Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University, for which she won the 2013 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal. Kate lectures and conducts research in the area of learning difficulties. She is a registered member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is an AHPRA endorsed Educational & Developmental Psychologist. Kate is also MAPS (Member Australian Psychological Society) registered. Additionally, she implements the extensively empirically validated Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Cognitive Abilities in her assessment process, which views intellectual ability as multi-dimensional rather than unitary. That is, individuals display unique profiles of cognitive strengths and weaknesses which cannot be summed up in a single score (i.e. IQ scores). It is through understanding and appreciating an individual’s unique learning profile that effective and targeted intervention and support can be provided.


Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana - 16 May 2017 The Hills Grammar School, Sydney

Leaving Nothing to Chance: How Explicit Learning can prevent early literacy difficulties

This practical seminar for Prep-Year 2 teachers, literacy co-ordinators and administrators, will present and demonstrate how Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage by not making assumptions about which skills and knowledge children may acquire on their own, the planning of instructional sequences, the challenges for schools, and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.

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Other Conferences and Research Seminars

This section provides a listing of non-LDA Conferences. Research Seminars and other professional learning opportunities of relevance to the area of learning difficulties. All external events are publicised at LDA's discretion, but LDA accepts no responsibility for their value or the evidence base of what may be promoted.

Dyslexia Speld Foundation Western Australia Conference

In March 2017, The Dyslexia Speld Foundation (DSF) of Western Australia will be hosting a major conference titled “Language, Literacy and Learning”. Details are still being finalised, so the full program of speakers is not yet available. However, keynote presenters will include Professor Kenn Apel (USA) author of the highly regarded SPELL and SPELL-LINKS suite of resources; Deb Masters (NZ) author and Director of Visible Learning; Professor Susan Gathercole (UK) internationally renowned  publisher and researcher on Working Memory; Professor Kate Nations (UK) from Oxford University who’s knowledge bank on language development, reading, written expression, and particularly comprehension is substantial;  Associate Professor Craig Hassad (AUS) Co-ordinator of Mindfulness programs at Monash University; and LDA’s own Professor Pamela Snow (AUS) Department Head of La Trobe University Rural Health School. Pamela is both a psychologist and speech pathologist with a strong interest in oral language and the transitional impact of this on reading acquisition.   

Date: 3oth March 2017 – 1st April 2017
Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DSF are currently in the process of ‘a call for papers’, for those that may be interested in presenting. Please visit DSF WA to keep abreast of news regarding this event. Professional learning calendar https://dsf.net.au/events/

Australian Council for Educational Research

Direct Instruction at Work: Maths Mastery Series

Presented by Dr Rhonda Farkota, senior research fellow at ACER.

30th March: Darwin

18th May: Cairns

Please visit the ACER website to register.



The Biennial 2017 joint Conference for Learning Difficulties hosted by SPELD LSTAQ (Learning Support Teachers' Association Queensland) and LDA is planned for the 16th-17th September.

The theme for the conference in 2017 is "INCLUSIVE DIRECTIONS FOR EDUCATION".

 To register please visit http://www.lstaq.asn.au/conferences/


41st Annual IARLD Conference, Brisbane, Australia
International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD) 

Brisbane 5th-7th July 2017

For more information please go to:  



Sounds-Write An evidence-based phonics program

Melbourne Training 11th – 14th July 2017

To register please go to Sounds-Write Melbourne Training 2017


PLD Literacy and Learning

Schedules seminars across Australia as well as short online courses.

To register please go to  https://pld-literacy.org/seminars/


SPELD PD events

See individual state SPELD websites for information regarding relevant PD in the area of learning difficulties in each state.
For State SPELD contact details go to http://auspeld.org.au/state-associations


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Past Professional Learning

Past Professional Learning Events, 2016

Professor Maryanne Wolf to present in September 2016

LDA is honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf in Australia, a unique opportunity for teachers, speech pathologists, psychologists, researchers and policy makers to hear such an acclaimed researcher who has significantly contributed to our understanding of the neurological underpinning of the reading brain and whose theoretical perspective has led to practical interventions which have assisted thousands of students who struggle with reading.

Professor Wolf will present on the following dates:
Brisbane Friday 2 September - This event is now closed.
Sydney Wednesday 7 September - This event is now closed.
Melbourne Friday 9 September  - This event is now closed 

Leaving Nothing to Chance - How Explicit Instruction can prevent early literacy difficulties.

This event is now closed.

Presented by Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana

Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read. This approach leaves nothing to chance and does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children will acquire on their own. In Australia, the National Inquiry into Teaching Literacy (2005) recommended the importance of systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. In Western Australia, Louden (2015) investigated high performing primary schools in socially disadvantaged suburbs and found that these schools taught synthetic phonics in the early years in an explicit, systematic and direct way. With many schools in Australia introducing an explicit approach to literacy, this practical seminar will outline the challenges for schools, what’s involved in planning instructional sequences and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing and spelling in the early years.


Past Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

Past Professional Learning Events. 2015

Past Professional Learning Events, 2014

Past Professional Learning Events, 2013

Victorian Workshops 2012

Sir Jim Rose visit 2009

Past Conferences 1996-2008

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